Neuro Specialty Program
The Neuro Specialty Program provides outpatient treatment for adults with acquired neurological disorders, including, but not limited to, traumatic brain injury, stroke, brain tumors, encephalitis, hypoxia, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease. The overall goal of outpatient treatment is to promote successful return to meaningful activity, whether that is independence in the home and in the community, success on the job, and/or return to a productive lifestyle.
Treatment in our program is of two types:
- Traditional outpatient therapies providing individual treatment by physical therapists, occupational therapists and, and speech therapists as well as neuropsychological services as needed.
- A holistic brain injury day treatment program which includes both individual and group therapies with a more intense and comprehensive focus.
All treatment in the program is evidence-based; that is, it is based on recommendations derived from the scientific research, outlining which approaches to cognitive rehabilitation are effective and which are not.
In addition to individual treatment with physical, occupational and speech therapy, our clinic provides specialized training and evaluations including:
- Bioness electrical stimulation treatments for foot drop and hand weakness caused by brain impairment.
- Wheelchair evaluations for manual chairs, regular power chairs, and complex rehab power chairs.
- Driving evaluations, including in-clinic assessment of driving related skills and on-the-road evaluations by a certified driving instructor and an occupational therapist.
- Spinal cord treatment for complete or partial cord injuries, wheelchair training for community mobility.
- Neuropsychological testing to determine the cognitive, emotional and behavioral deficits associated with known or suspected brain injury. This involves standardized testing that is sensitive to problems in brain functioning. While CT or MRI scans may show structural abnormalities in your brain, neuropsychological testing shows how well it is actually functioning in different areas. More about neuropsychological testing services >>
Brain Injury Day Treatment Program
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The Neuro Specialty Program also provides a Brain Injury Day Treatment program for the comprehensive treatment of brain-related impairments. This was one of the first holistic brain injury programs in the country and still enjoys a national reputation in the field. A major reason for this reputation is the evidence-based rehabilitation manual that was developed at our outpatient clinic. This has become the core of the manual that is sponsored nationally by the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (Haskins, et al., 2012).
The program is staffed by a team of specialists including a full-time clinical neuropsychologist, speech pathologist, physical therapist, occupational therapist, and recreational therapist. A physician who specializes in rehabilitation has an office on site and is available for appointments.
Clients are evaluated by each member of the team and provided with an individualized treatment plan. This plan includes individual occupational, physical, and speech therapies, as well as psychotherapy with a neuropsychologist. It also includes various group therapies designed to address specific areas of impairment, including those in memory, attention, and executive functioning. Groups add value by helping clients to increase awareness of physical and cognitive deficits while providing a support system to handle their emotional responses to neurological injury. In addition, clients are provided with independent work time for homework, computer work and projects assigned by the therapy team.
Throughout the course of a client’s stay in the program, family involvement is strongly encouraged. Family members are urged to observe individual therapy sessions and attend monthly conferences, at which time the client’s progress is reviewed and discussed. In addition, a monthly family education day is offered, consisting of a lecture on an important aspect of brain injury, a family support group to discuss problems the families are encountering, and a client-panel discussion in which former clients return to discuss their personal experiences with rehabilitation and adjustment.
Additional information for outpatient programs
- Each client is responsible for transportation to and from the clinic.
- Clients bring a lunch each day; a microwave is available for use.
- There are snacks and drinks available for purchase.
For more information, please call the Neuro Specialty Program at 317-621-3000.
1: Haskins, E., Cicerone, K., Dams-O’Connor, K., Eberle, R., Langenbahn, D., Shapiro-Rosenbaum, A. and Trexler, L. Cognitive Rehabilitation Manual: Translating Evidence-Based Recommendations Into Practice. Reston,Virginia, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, 2012